“Aquaman 2,” the sequel to last year’s hit Warner Bros. and DC superhero film, will open on December 16, 2022, the studio announced Wednesday.
The sequel will bring back star Jason Momoa, who starred in the original as hero Arthur Curry opposite Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen and Dolph Lundgren.
James Wan directed the film, which brought in $1.13 billion at the worldwide box office and $332.9 million domestically when it opened ahead of the Christmas holiday weekend late last year, making it the first DC film to cross $1 billion globally since “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Wan and Peter Safran are producing the sequel, and frequent Wan collaborator David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick is writing “Aquaman 2.” He co-wrote the original film with Will Beall based on a story by Geoff Johns, Beall and Wan.
Warner Bros. is also developing an “Aquaman” spinoff movie called “The Trench.” Screenwriters Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald have been tapped to write “The Trench.” That film involves a swarm of evolved, former residents of Atlantis who now are mindless monsters devouring everything in their path.
“Aquaman” kicked off a significant reshuffling of the DC division at Warner Bros. following disappointing results for “Justice League,” which introduced audiences to Momoa’s Arthur Curry and Aquaman. Looking ahead to DC’s 2019, the studio has the light-hearted “Shazam” set for April and the mid-budget “Joker” origin story for the iconic Batman villain starring Joaquin Phoenix in October.
They’ll then follow that up with the much anticipated “Wonder Woman 1984” set for June 2020.